IPOB denies killing of Anglican priest in Imo
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied its involvement in the killing of an Anglican priest at Nkwere by yet-to-be-identified attackers.
The group disclosed this on Thursday in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, who described the killing of the clergy as barbaric.
He described IPOB as a responsible organization that has respect for the sanctity of human lives and cannot have hands whatsoever in such killing.
The statement reads in part: “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by liberator and prophet of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to distance ourselves from the alleged killing of an Anglican priest in Nkwere LGA of Imo State on Tuesday. IPOB has nothing to do with such barbarity. Anyone pointing accusing fingers at IPOB for such a dastardly act is only doing so to demonise IPOB. We don’t Kill let alone a priest is not part of our mandate.
“It makes no sense to associate IPOB which is a peaceful movement with such carnivorous behaviour. It will be unfair for people to finger IPOB for crimes committed by government hoodlums most times sponsored by security agencies and enemies to portray us in a bad light.
“It is not in our DNA to kill an ordained priest who was not in any way working against Biafran restoration.
“God has endorsed Biafra restoration. We, therefore, advise all traditional rulers, politicians, religious leaders and other VIPs in Biafra land to be very circumspect. The enemies have a secret agenda to eliminate them and blame it on IPOB just to demonise us. They should take this alert very seriously.”